So, I wrote a book on accident.
Here’s how that happened...
I’m the youngest of eight kids and, no, it wasn’t a Brady Bunch deal where two reasonably sized families were joined by marriage. Rather, all eight of us were born to the same mom and dad, one right after the other, and we all grew up together under the same roof, usually stacked on top of each other in bunk beds.
It was like being born onto a football team. There was a lot of shouting and running around. We were a tide of humanity that swept across public places like thundering linebackers. We caused a lot of damage, incurred many injuries, and accumulated a lot of stories, which we still retell to make each other laugh.
Then, after fifty some odd years of withstanding my family, the house we grew up in burned down. Totally on accident, which was the weird part, considering I had nearly burnt the house down three different times that I can recall.
When my sister Martha called to tell me—first and most importantly—that everyone was fine, no one was injured in any way, but everything from our childhoods was lost, we both started laughing. She texted me pictures of the smoldering ruins, and to this day they make me giggle.
Unfortunately, this phone call with my sister Martha happened just minutes before a conference call with my editor and my agent. I had to explain to my agent and my editor that I was only partially prepared for the call because the house I grew up in had just burned to the ground. I really tried to say it with a straight face, but I couldn’t. I burst out laughing.
Naturally, they had some questions.
I told them that if they knew my family, they’d know that the house had survived far longer than it had any right to. And burning the house down is just so Angelini. It was bound to happen someday.
That’s when they both told me I needed to write about my family. For years now my husband has been telling me the same thing, and he’s usually right about stuff like this. So I said okay.
I started writing down anecdotes. I went for the old classics, the one’s my family had memorized. I had a blast writing it all down, laughing myself to tears. But when I read it back, it didn’t make any sense. It was a mess. I realized I couldn’t tell the funny bits without telling all of it. And the more I wrote, the more of those funny anecdotes I removed.
Memoirs are not my thing, apparently. But fiction is. I came up with a story, I added some characters and took others away. I never intended to write this book, and yet somehow, without meaning to, I ended up with Snow Lane.
Snow Lane is a work a fiction. It didn’t happen this way. But it’s all true. This is the most honest book I’ve ever written, not because the plot is a faithful recounting of my childhood. But because if you read it you’ll understand why my sisters and I can laugh at tragedy.
The book comes out January, 2nd, and I am so excited for you all to read it!
You can pre-order your copy using the link below.
those of you who can’t wait that long…. I just received some ARCs. :)
It’s been years since I posted. Literally. I was never very good at posting to begin with. Managing a social media profile is more than a skill. It’s a talent. There are some people who have it, and then there’s me.
It’s not that I don’t like writing. I write nearly every day, but I usually prefer writing about the imaginary people I’ve created in my head than about myself. See, I just don’t have that much to write about. I rarely have life-altering realizations. I don’t have the ability to paint crazy cool designs on my fingernails, I’m not fussed enough to dye my hair unicorn colors, and I almost never have good advice. In fact, if I ever give you advice, probably don’t take it. Every good thing that’s ever happened to me has happened pretty much on accident after I made about a million terrible choices—as if the universe saw what a mess I was making of my life and decided to throw me a bone.
But, seeing as how I started this blog and you all took the time to sign up for it, you deserve to know what I’ve been up to. The long and short of it is I had a baby. And nearly three years of my life just flew out the window.
I suspect there are more than a few new moms out there, stealing five minutes for themselves to read this post, who are glancing up at the title and wondering where they went, too. It just happens when you have a baby. You check out of the “You” motel, with it’s crisp sheets and whenever wake up time, and willingly subjugate yourself to something like the army, but way harder. Drill sergeants have nothing on colicky babies when it comes to yelling.
Then they stop being babies and turn into toddlers, and you really can’t take your eyes off them for a second or they’ll be chewing on electrical wires or licking the bottoms of their shoes. You say the craziest things when you have a toddler—things you’d never think you’d have to say to another human being. Like, Please don’t stick your finger in the cat’s butt. He doesn’t like it. Or, No, your diaper is not a nest. Do not put scrambled eggs in there.
Toddlers. The only thing that separates them from the clinically insane is age.
And then, suddenly, they become little girls. They choose their own outfits and use the bathroom by themselves and they start saying please and thank you and I love you, mommy. And your heart breaks into a million pieces.
There’s no checking back into the “You” motel. Momming is a life-long gig, and I hear it gets way harder from here on out. But there’s finally more time and there’s more room for me.
So that’s where I’ve been. And I’m back. Hello again.
Important post to follow...
Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt!
One lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team --which is the TEAL TEAM. There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all.
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt and see the full list of prizes up for grabs and bonus material. My bonus material is a letter Lillian wrote to Lily which hasn't been published yet. It explains more of the dynamic between the two.
Directions: You'll notice that I've "hidden" my favorite number somewhere in this post. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the TEAL TEAM, and then add them up.
Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by October 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
As part of the hunt, I am hosting author Lance Rubin!
Lance Rubin is a New Jersey native who has worked as an actor and written sketch comedy, including successful runs of The Lance and Ray Show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He's co-writing a new musical called Annie Golden: Bounty Hunter, Yo! He loves Pixar, the Knicks, Harry Potter, and Back to the Future. Lance lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.
Learn more at lancerubin.com and follow him on twitter @lancerubinparty.
Lance's new book, Denton Little’s Deathdate, takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day they will die. For Denton, that’s in just two days—the day of his senior prom.
Here's the summary.
Denton Little’s Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day they will die. For Denton, that’s in just two days—the day of his senior prom.
Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle—as the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend’s hostile sister. (Though he’s not totally sure—see, first hangover.) His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton’s long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters. . . . Suddenly Denton’s life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers.
Lance has also been kind enough to provide us with a bonus scene. You can read it by clicking the link below.
When you're done reading, be sure and buy Denton Little's Deathdate HERE!
Also, before you go, don't forget to enter my personal contest to win signed copies of Trial by Fire and Firewalker. It's open to all. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Okay, and now, on with the hunt.
To participate in the Scavenger Hunt giveaway, you need to know that my favorite number is 9.
Next up in the hunt, is author Margo Kelly!
CLICK HERE to continue.
Dates and locations are as follows:
Oct 11 12:10 PM Anderson's YA Conference 'Fandom Frenzy' Naperville, IL
Oct 12 7 PM *Books & Book Live Stream Event Everywhere
Oct 12 7 PM Books & Books Coral Gables, FL
Oct 13 6 PM Vero Beach Book Center Vero Beach, FL
Oct 14 7 PM Little Shop of Stories Decatur, GA
Oct 15 7 PM Flyleaf Books Chapel Hill, NC
Oct 16 7 PM 92nd Street Y New York, NY
Oct 17 TBD Indigo Books Toronto
Hope you can make it!
I've been asked to put one together for the Worldwalker trilogy. The problem is that I am the WORST when it comes to picking actors to play my characters. If you've been following me for a while you know that for Starcrossed I chose mostly unknowns, except for one or two.
You can check out my picks here - Starcrossed Cast.
I would love it if you all could help me with Trial by Fire, or Everflame, as it is called in Germany. I want to know who you would cast for the roles of Lily, Rowan, Tristan, Juliet, Alaric and Samantha. I don't just want to get out of doing my homework, although that is a bonus, I'm genuinely curious as to how you see my characters.
So, pretty please, I will be forever grateful if you take the time to help out. :)
I am so pleased to announce that I will be going on tour the first week of September! The schedule is as follows:
September 1 7PM Once Upon a Time (Launch Party) Los Angeles, California
September 2 6PM Mysterious Galaxy (with Mary Pearson) San Diego, California
September 3 3:30PM Hicklebee's (Workshop) San Jose, California
September 3 7PM Hicklebee's (Reading and Signing) San Jose, California
September 4 7PM Kepler's Books (with Evelyn Skye) Belmont, California
September 5 2PM Barnes & Noble (Reading & Signing) Las Vegas, NV
Right now most of the cities are on the west coast, but there will be others in October. More on that later. :)